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The next 12 months promise a whirlwind of high- tech innovation. From connected household devices to next- generation mobiles, 2009 will be the most technologically advanced year in mankind's history – and it's all stuff you can get your hands on. Some of the hottest technology around will be on shelves in time for the New Year, so don't delay, get a step ahead with the latest gadget knowledge right now! October - December 2008 lime 71 2009 2009 is set to be the most technologically-advanced year in mankind's history. Want to be part of it? James Holland tells us how… ll

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